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Mad Bastards (2011)


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TJ's quest to find the son he's never known, takes him on a journey across the remote and stunning Kimberley landscape. On the road, TJ questions his life of violence... he meets a host of amazing characters who open up a way of life infused with music and hunting and community

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There's yearning as well as stubborn emotional isolation and anger in these characters, and any harshness in the observations of this richly satisfying film invariably is balanced by warmth.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Fletcher has done a great job with Mad Bastards and should be especially commended for getting the performances out of these non-actors.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Onya Magazine

The Australian film renaissance continues in style.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Mad Bastards is this year's Samson & Delilah; it bravely explores a host of hot-button issues with a deft blending of humour, sensitivity and often brutal frankness.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Thankfully, a resounding emphasis on authenticity and an infectiously motivated cast of amateurs carries this heartfelt drama across the line.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Mad Bastards is simply Australia's most impressive film since Animal Kingdom.

May 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

The story arc is a cringingly facile story of redemption which, but for the curious ghost of reality behind it, would have been pretty forgettable.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney
Time Out Sydney

The over-reliance on score sets up an avoidant rhythm that begins to feel like a lack of narrative confidence.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

The writer/director was Brendan Fletcher, it's his first feature and if there is a flaw with the film it is that the narrative is at times a bit confused. Despite that there's something very affecting about these Mad Bastards.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

This is poised and meaningful Australian cinema, however we classify it.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

While it tackles tough material, the terrific lead performances, stunning cinematography and uplifting score add up to a film that's pretty special.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

A big heart and powerful moments make this little Aussie film the must watch local production of 2011.

May 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

A harsh tale told in a soft voice by Brendan Fletcher, who uses a full soundtrack to calm our jangling emotions. The film is understated in its redemptive message

April 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A brave and insightful glimpse filled with revelations and fascination into the aboriginal culture and the region

April 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Brendan Fletcher's ... Mad Bastards is a very human tale told with an electric vibrancy rarely found in dramas of this ilk. It lives and breathes and meanders freely, in the spirit of the Kimberley storytellers who inspired the film.

April 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Quickflix

lives in a heartbreaking place of real people and their real-life hopes.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source:

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